A healthy gut, aka microbiome, starts at the end of your fork.
We hear about gut health and immunity connection a lot lately. The reason is that 70% of the immune system is in your gut! You might have also heard about the gut-brain axis or gut-skin axis. Even the largest organ in our body – the skin – is connected to the gut. Even though there is a lot of discussion about this topic many are unsure of how to take care of their gut as they should. Being bloated, constipated, having diarrhea, acne, rashes, headaches, mood swings, anxiety, or fatigue is considered to be a normal condition we have to cope with or fix with a pill. But did you know that this pill will make the condition sooner or later worse as the gut microbiome gets disrupted? All these “normal” conditions should be a warning sign to you that something is going on with your gut and should fix it!
Let’s start with these five easy habits you can incorporate into your daily life that can start improving your gut health. You guessed it correctly – these habits start at the end of your fork.
Five daily habits for a healthy gut:
- Remove gluten: Gluten is a gut disruptor that can increase intestinal permeability, also known as leaky gut. A leaky gut causes toxic waste, bacteria, and undigested food particles to enter the bloodstream and cause inflammation.
- Eat at least 1 type of root veggie a day (except white potatoes): Vegetables like parsnip, celeriac, carrot, radishes, sweet potatoes, and red beets are rich in many vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in soluble and insoluble fiber which help boost the health of gut bacteria.
- Eat two prebiotic-rich foods a day: Garlic, onions, leeks, Jerusalem artichoke, dandelion greens, asparagus, or apples are just some examples of prebiotic-rich foods that feed the good bacteria in your gut.
- Start with at least 1 Tbsp of fermented food daily and slowly increase if you can: Fermented food like sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh, or kefir is rich in live bacteria called probiotics that are necessary for your digestive system.
- Drink two cups of Bone Broth: Once in the digestive tract, gelatine in the bone broth binds with water to support the healthy movement of food through the intestines. Among gut health, bone broth is also beneficial for joint and immune system support. You can get all the benefits of the ancient superfood our ancestors used to consume every day in an ultra-convenient, condensed form. My favorite Bone Broth Formula is designed by Dr. Josh Axe from Ancient Nutrition and you can get it here.
How many of these foods do you already apply to your diet daily?
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